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of superstorm sandy. and it is going to be a long time before things really do get back to normal. many of you are helping us tell the stories of this disaster and the aftermath with your ireports. take a look at this one, our ireporter took this video that shows manhattan and the freedom tower from staten island. so you can see the finger-pointing right there. the water tanker washed up along the east river there. for the next half hour, we're going to bring you some of the best images and the best sound from our ireporter, josh lev is here to talk about it and take us through it. >> that was an iconic shot this week, when our reporter was there. folks this right now, this is your chance to see the most powerful and amazing videos and images of what our country has been through in the past week. including brand-new ones that have now come into this. some of what we're going to show you is heartbreaking, but some will make you smile. showing resiliency after the devastation. i'm going to show you pictures and facebook and tweeting with you, this is a conversation, let's get involved. fred, i'l
like no other network can. it is tuesday, october 30th. special coverage of superstorm sandy begins right now. >>> welcome back, everybody. lots to update you on this morning early before the sun comes up, lots of damage to talk about from last night. the walloping that new york's gotten from superstorm sandy. let's talk about the fires that are burning in breezy point queens. two dozen homes are actively on fire. 200 firefighters are on location there. they are trying to battle the fire. the fire started from downed power lines. you're looking at some of the latest pictures coming in to us this morning. downed power liens started this fire. the big problem for the firefighters, a lack of water appreciate your. 50 homes have burned to the ground. two dozen more are in the process of burning. we are following the story for you as the day continues. we'll have more information on that. more to tell you about, including floods and power outages. new york city brought to its knees in a large way. superstorm sandy was an epic weather event, many people are calling it. millions of lives h
. >> thank you. norah? >>> for four days during superstorm sandy, president obama and mitt romney took it easy on each other, but on thursday they were back on the attack. >> this is no time for small measures. this is time for real change. when i'm elected president on day one we'll bring real change to america. >> he's saying he's the candidate of change. well, let me tell you, wisconsin, we know what change looks like. and what the governor's offering sure ain't change. >> former white house press secretary robert gibbs is a senior adviser to the obama campaign and join us this morning. good morning, robert. >> good morning, norah, how are you? >> good, good. we have a jobs report coming up today. the unemployment number could tick up. doesn't that reinforce mitt romney's position that obama's record on the economy has been a failure? >> no, look, i think what we expect to see is continued movement forward. 32nd month of positive, private sector job growth adding to the 5 million jobs that's been created as a result of those positive months. look, we're not where we all want to end
clarksburg. >>> more now on the superstorm stand sandy aftermath. maryland is serving two ambulance strike team to help out with the recovery effort in new jersey. each team consists of five ambulances and one supervisor. they will be heading out at 5:45 this morning for egg harbor township west of atlantic city. >> atlantic city's legendary boardwalk is destroyed due to the storm as well as a countless number of businesses and homes along the coastline. farther north, 25% of hoboken is still under water trapping thousands of residents there. nearly 3 million people in the garden state are still without power. president obama and new jersey governor chris christie toured some of the hardest hit areas yesterday. we'll have a live update from new jersey coming up at 5:30. >>> frederick county, maryland was one of the hardest hit areas by superstorm sandy. sky fox flew over the area near the monocacy river yesterday. you can see flooded homes and roads. this morning, officials tell fox 5 the water level at the river has receded and there is no major flooding. >>> new this morning, crews are s
. has superstorm sandy changed your preference in presidential candidates? you have a couple of options. you can click yes, i was impressed by obama's leadership and response to the storm. you can choose yes, i i was compressed by romney's sensitivity to storm victims. you can say no, i've made up my mind about the candidates. we're going share your responses in the next hour. we're also going to bring you more on superstorm sandy, the mess this t has left behind. we want you to listen to how this 90-year-old new jersey resident describes it. >> 91 years i've never seen anything like this ever. >> can you describe what happened when the water came? >> we were sleeping, my daughter and i. all of a sudden the water came in like -- i'm a conservative investor. i invest in what i know. i turned 65 last week. i'm getting married. planning a life. there are risks, sure. but, there's no reward without it. i want to be prepared for the long haul. i see a world bursting with opportunities. india, china, brazil, ishares, small-caps, large-caps, ishares. industrials. low cost. every dollar counts.
, including those 80 homes that were consumed by that fire in queens. recovery from superstorm sandy could be as mayor michael bloomberg is calling it, a massive, a mammoth job. meteorologist rob marciano is in chelsea, new york, this morning with the latest on the damage there. rob, good morning. >> good morning, soledad. well, some of the damage behind me, one of a few buildings that were ripped off. nobody hurt miraculously. lower manhattan is still in the dark. day two now and it could be several more before it's all said and done. the estimates are between 2 and 4 days before places south basically of about 30th street will be back online. you go outside of the city and up towards westchester county could be as much as ten days. just down the street from us the con ed headquarters, yesterday we chased down the incident commander there up in the war room or situation room as they call it. we got his thoughts on the storm in general, and the system that he has to supervise. >> substations are only part of the problem. we had the luxury of an underground network in manhattan. there are n
, road flooded, trees toppled, at least 50 deaths now blamed on superstorm sandy. those stories straight ahead. we're going to look at all that damage and talk school closings. good wednesday morning, i'm megan pringle. >> i'm charley crowson. the storm knocked out power lines for 8 million people across 17 states, as far west as michigan. and today president barack obama will head to new jersey to take a look at the damage caused by sandy. >> yeah, it's bad up there. and abc 2 news' renee marsh is live this morning in hoboken, new jersey, an area that was hit very hard. she's going to show us some of the damage and tell us how the national guard was called in. >>reporter: well, president obama will visit hard-hit new jersey today, and in this hoboken area, the mayor says that some 15,000 to 20,000 people remain trapped inside of their homes because of flood waters. now the national guard is here to help rescue some of those people, but this is just one of many neighborhoods still suffering from sandy's wrath. residents across the eastern seaboard are beginning to pick up the pieces in
devastated by superstorm sandy. at least 92 people have been killed by the storm that struck sunday. on new york's staten island, searchers found the bodies of two young children who were swept from their mother's arms. also, in new york, a man was arrested for pulling a gun when he tried to cut into a gas line. cbs reporter randall pinkston joins us from the jersey shore with the problems people there are facing. >> reporter: that gun pulling stunt puts you on edge em if you are in a gas line like many of us are. you know, every day the public officials hold news conferences to talk about what's being accomplished. a lot is being accomplished. for example, we have utility workers from around the country helping to restore power. but when you have people who have no heat, no power, people standing in gas lines, it's understandable that tempers are fraying. >>> reporter: you didn't have to look hard to find frustrated people. there were long lines to get gas and long lines to get into new york city, as police enforced a three-person per vehicle rule. traffic will only get better when all of
customizable 2013 smart. >>> we're going to get back to superstorm sandy aftermath in just a minute. first, just in to "the situation room," we're ready now to release a brand new cnn/orc poll in the critically important swing state of colorado. look at this, it shows a very tight race. president obama at 50%, mitt romney at 48%. that effectively is a dead heat given the poll's 3.5-point sampling error. cnn's national correspondent john king is in denver for us right now. john, you're taking a closer look at this poll. what else are you finding? >> reporter: wolf, because of that dead heat you can feel the intensity as both campaigns try to gin upturnout including in the early voting period which ends tomorrow here in colorado. both candidates doing well where they need to, you might say a slight edge for the president. i'll show you what i mean. in denver and bolder, the two biggest urban areas in the state of colorado, more democratic voters. 63% for the president, 34% for governor romney in the urban areas of denver and bolder. that's what the president needs to keep for turnout on elec
. >>> latest on superstorm sandy. residents along the east coast beginning the long road to recovery with key transportation resuming today. katie marzullo is in the newsroom with the latest. >> reporter: new york city is coming back to life it might be easier for some to get around starting today. first laguardia airport has reopened as of this morning flights limited call your airline if you are flying this morning. subways and ferries resuming limited service. buses will try to fill in gaps. governor cuomo is waiving fees and fares today and tomorrow to help people get around. for anyone who dares to drive, police are manning checkpoints and enforcing a three-person carpool requirement to get into manhattan. they are looking at new jersey now, slower recovery there from the storm which has killed more than 70 people and left millions without power. natural gas fires still burning in new jersey and people are still stranded in hoboken. >> compared to the last storm this is far worst and it is going to take quite sometime to get this back together again. >> reporter: new york's bellevue hosp
good afternoon, everyone. i'm anderson cooper this is cnn special coverage of superstorm sandy, the devastation, the rescues, the early efforts to recover and most importantly to rebuild. i'm live in new york city from a balcony of the time warner center. just over my should, the chanced crane still dangling over 57th street, the entire area still blocked off. the storm claimed least 50 lives in the u.s. and one in canada. a woman who was hit by storm-tossed debris, damage is expected to run into tens of billions of dollars. and today, a new challenge, looters breaking into businesses. >> people coming out with all kinds of stuff, everything. whatever you can think of, from juice and sodas, waters, cigarettes, tvs, anything you can think of, they were getting it. >> 9,000 people spent the night in red cross shelters spread across 13 states. national guard troops arrived overnight and are rescuing families trapped by floodwaters in hoboken, new jersey. we learned today that the navy is sending three amphibious landing ships to the coast of new york and new jersey in case they're
to be hearing a lot of in the next few days. the word normalcy, not so much. in the wake of superstorm sandy, normal life is a far off dream for so many millions in the northeast corridor and points west. worst of all, a still growing toll of lives lost. at least 40 in the u.s. one so far in canada. more than 6 million homes and businesses still don't have electricity but that is a big improvement from yesterday. and while floods and surges with some exceptions have gone down, that just makes the devastation all the more apparent. you are looking at point pleasant beach halfway between new york and atlantic city on the new jersey shore. president obama visiting these scenes this afternoon. the final day in full-on disaster mode before he gets back to the campaign tomorrow. a little global perspective for you right now, though. the scope and the magnitude of hurricane sandy from the satellite image courtesy of nasa. atlantic city is a sitting duck in the middle of the path. the jersey shore easy prey for those ruthless winds. the powerful surges and the relentless force of the images that you
here. ♪ >>> welcome back to our continuing coverage of superstorm sandy. aaron herman walked around his neighborhood, capturing some of the destruction he saw following the superstorm. let's watch. >> devastation in white plains, where literally trees are ripped from its roots. >> amazing stuff. first, irene, now sandy. for two consecutive years, costly deadly hurricanes hit the northeast. we're hear a lot of people say if irene was a wake-up call, sandy is a bucket of water that should snap us all to attention. let's listen to andrew cuomo, the governor of new york. >> there has been a series of extreme weather incidents. anyone that is not a political statement, that is not a factual statement. anyone who says there is not a dramatic change in weather patterns, i think is denying reality. and i would like to say that this is probably the last occurrence we will have. i don't believe that. >> cuomo went on to say new york now seems to get a 100 year flood every two years. joining me now is ben strauss, the chief operating officer and director of the program on sea level rise at climate
's death from superstorm sandy happened on staten island. homeland secretary janet napolitano is going there today, where people say they're suffering and not getting enough help. anna werner, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. as you stand on this street in staten island you can clearly see the path of destruction wrought by hurricane sandy. cars picked up and tossed like toys. that continues throughout the neighborho neighborhood. many residents say they feel ignored. some residents of staten island have started calling it the forgotten burrough. across storm-ravaged staten island, frustrations are mounting. >> we're going to die! we're going to freeze! we've got 90-year-old people. >> reporter: residents are outraged, claiming their community has been ignored in the days following sandy while aid pours in to other parts of new york and new jersey. >> they don't talk about them that much. a lot of people here are hurting much it's upsetting. >> reporter: power is out. hundreds of homes have been destroyed and dozens of streets are impassable. still, the city is planning to go a
. >>> the price tag on damage by superstorm sandy could reach as much as $50 billion according to new estimates by eqecat. the widespread outages of electricity and subway service could push the estimates higher. >>> as it wrists down the value of past investments ahead of another restructuring. that is the latest from the fox business network. giving you the power to prosper. melissa:. lori: the obama administration says it is still investigating the attacks in at the consulate in benghazi but with days before the election the american people are unhappy with the job done there. according to latest "fox news poll", 39% approve the job obama is doing on libya and 47% voters disapprove. lou dobbs is here. you've been a outspoken critic on the handling of the benghazi situation so what does the poll reflect? >> the poll reflects the sentiment, without knowing the details, understand that this administration has stonewalled, refused to be forthcoming not details but even broad brush strokes what was going on in benghazi before the attack. how much warning we had. it was, it's, it's a time for fran
in the wake of superstorm sandy. a storm that killed 56 people. the crisis is far from over. ambulances tonight lining up outside of new york's bellvue hospital to evacuate 700 patients. the new jersey flames raging through the shore town of mantoloking. the mutual admiration society saw president and governor christie. this is what the president promised the victims of superstorm sandy. >> we are here for you. we will not forget. we will follow up to make sure you get all of the help you need until you rebuild. >> meanwhile, six days until election day, mitt romney is in the must-win state of florida with a new bipartisan tone. >> i've got to be able to reach across the aisle and get good democrats and republicans to work together. good democrats love america, just like good republicans love america. >> michael moore is here to react to all of the events and if you have questions tweet us@piers tonight. we will begin on the long hard commute for millions of new yorkers. it's a rough time for many new yorkers. obviously a rough time for many people on the east coast. in new york it seem
at least 80 homes consumed by fire in queens. the recovery from superstorm sandy as mark mayor michael bloomberg calls it, a mammoth job. meteorologist rob marciano is in new york's chelsea neighborhood. he joins us live this morning. rob, there is serious black right there behind you, by the way, because there is no power down where you are. so is there much to clean up. >> there is. south of 29th street it goes dark. on the east side south of 39th street it goes dark. we knew the storm was coming. utility companies were preparing for it. but you almost don't believe it until you see it, right? incredible storm surge took these substations out that have knocked out power across lower manhattan and across much of new york, not to mention what's going on across the northeast. just down the road from here, that's the headquarters, which by the way has power, you can charge your phone in there, we tracked down the incident commander to get a feel for what it takes to get this city back online and what we can expect going forward. here's what he had to say about the situation. >> it was mo
delays on inbound 95. >>> in some places, complete devastation left behind from superstorm sandy. this morning the storm is being blamed for 50 deaths along the east coast and nearly 7 million homes and businesses remain without power. >> one of the hardest hit areas, hoboken, new jersey. sandy flooded about half of that town. the national guard arrived last night to rescue thousands of people stuck in their homes and apartments and delivered supplies to fooded areas. >>> we're sharing more video of roof top rescues fr staten island, new york. a helicopter rescued five adults and a child yesterday. in new york city the mayor says it could be several days before the subway is running again. all 10 of the city's tunnels that carry passengers under the east river were flooded by the storm. but there are some small signs of recovery. the new york city marathon will go on as planned this sunday and the new york stock exchange will open today. >>> as officials begin to assess the economic impact made by sandy, it's estimated that she will end up costing about $20 billion in damage and
days left vision gets cloudy. liz: did superstorm sandy already cast her vote? rich edson in washington, d.c. how do you cast that election. >> sandy carve ad path in states mostly decided president obama is well ahead in connecticut, new jersey and. some officials say sandy interrupted absentee voting in number of place although the state says there will be no problems on election day. ohio polling is in margin of error and there are pouter outages. election officials say there is currently power at all voting locations. they say early voting is moving smoothly. both candidates are in the buckeye states state with a full day of campaigning today. >> got anxious and attacking me day in and day out. attacking me does not create an dend today for him. we have a plan to get the economy going. >> what the governor is offering sure ain't changed. giving more power back to the biggest banks isn't change. leaving millions without health insurance isn't change. another five trillion dollar tax cut that favors the wealthy isn't change. >> they are pitching their closing arguments for president o
superstorm sandy was coming? liz: well, certainly last week. >> yeah, that's what i'm saying -- liz: midweek if not earlier. >> i came back from dallas on saturday because on thursday i knew this thing was happening. so the exchange knew it was coming as well. all the exchanges. here's what we know, the major exchanges had a big meeting on friday, discussed how they might plan for a monday opening. they had the same -- they had meetings with themselves and talking to their customers ie the brokerage community. we should point out that the sec communicated to the exchanges they wanted a monday opening as well. we should point out that the nyse told the trading community, both friday and saturday, that they should plan on a normal opening. okay? they did tell them that there's always contingency plans out there, ie, we may go full electronic. no floor traders, but, you know, we're doing a monday opening. what did that mean to the brokerage community? the goldman sachs, the credit suisse, what did that mean to the big traders? they have their systems in place to deal primarily with the integrat
the impact of superstorm sandy is hoboken, new jersey, right across the hudson river from here in manhattan. a city of about 50,000 people. and joining me on the phone is dawn zimmer who is the mayor of hoboken. thanks for being with us once again now. this is not highly unusual for hoboken to flood, but have you ever seen anything quite like what you're experiencing tonight? >> well, we've never seen anything quite like this where we have the city of hoboken breached by the hudson river on both sides of the city. the north and the south. and right now as we speak we have two firemen, you know, a fire company that is lit rerall having to row a boat. we got a call about a potential fire transformer on fire and fauling into a building. we're trying to check it out. we were hoping to get the national guard in here. unfortunately they haven't been able to make it up to hudson county and so we're doing the best that we can and hopefully, hopefully there's not a building on fire. we're waiting to find out, you know, and it's been a major challenge. we've got live wires down throughout the city. p
are watching msnbc's continuing live coverage of superstorm sandy. we are going to be live throughout the night. we have reporters all across the region. and msnbc meteorologist bill karins on hand here in new york. now, as of 11:30 pennsylvania's utility company reported more than 1 million people were without power in that state. the "associated press" reports that's about 20% of the state's electric customers. joining me now is philadelphia mayor michael nutter. mayor, it's good to talk to you again. we've been talking about how fluid the situation is. you and i talked about two hours ago. since then i understand one person was killed after a tree fell on a house in berks county. what's going on in philly? >> in philadelphia we do have some significant, for us, significant power outage. about 40,000 customers without power. pico energy is our provider. they do an excellent job under these circumstances, getting people back online. about 400,000 in the region, and so, again, that's a significant number, but i am quite confident that they will chop that number down over the course of the next
of this, the legacy of sandy, a superstorm that's living up to the name as bad as the billing, as terrible as the forecast. >> just these massive -- look at these waves coming through behind me. >> new jersey caught some of the first of it, and much of the worst. >> we're at a moment now where evacuation is no longer possible, and we won't be able to come and rescue people. >> reporter: those who stayed woke up to this. in toms river, new jersey and elsewhere, ems phones rang nonstop and rescues continued today until nightfall. crews pulling several hundred people to safety. >> we're not sure if it was a levee, a compromise -- something was compromised there. >> reporter: inland and farther north, the police chief of bergen county, new jersey describes a brief that left several towns and one trailer park as much as five feet deep in dangerous water. >> i may have lost my home. i may have lost my car. but i'm alive. >> as everyone knows in new york, sandy packed a punch for the metropolitan area yesterday. i don't think words like catastrophic or historic are too strong to explain the impac
in october. the result of superstorm sandy, which continues to cause chaos along the east coast. and here's hoboken, new jersey, still flooded by sandy in new york city. a city divided tonight between light and dark. no one can answer the big question, when will all the new york lights come back on? take a look at this. new video of what superstorm sandy did to southberry station at the tip of lower manhattan. it shows you just how extensive the damage is and why the entire subway system remains closed tonight, more than 24 hours after sandy blast add shore. we'll have the latest on the state of the subway and when it may be up and running again in a few moments. plus this dramatic video. up to ten feet of water. part of the basement of nyu langer medical center. nurses actually carried sick newborn babies down nine flights of stairs while manually pumping air into their lungs. quite extraordinary. i'll talk to a doctor iflgd in the evacuation. meanwhile, in new jersey, the state hit hardest by sandy, search and rescue missions have gone on all day long. president obama will travel there
to our "starting point" this morning, it's day three of that fallout from superstorm sandy. millions of people without power in their homes. and as john mentioned, they're literally trying to pick up the pieces that remain from their homes, the pieces of their lives. yesterday the president and governor chris christie of new jersey toured the destruction on the jersey shore right near atlantic city. the mayor of atlantic city joins us this morning. let's talk specifically, sir, and thanks for joining us this morning, about the damage that's happened to atlantic city. you have the iconic boardwalk, you have the casinos, you have lots of hotels. fill me in on how atlantic city is faring. >> well, let me tell you that the boardwalk did suffer some major damage, but property can be replaced. the good news is in atlantic city and in atlantic county, that there was only one fatality. and when i say "only," i don't mean to minimize that fatality, one is too many, but given the catastrophic nature of this storm, i think we were blessed and spared that on the human side in terms of loss, ther
. in washington the final push of the campaign is on after the unplanned break caused by superstorm sandy. president obama and governor romney back on the campaign trail and rich edson is watching this. rich: intense campaigning for both candidates in highly contested states. president obama in wisconsin and nevada and colorado. mitt romney is campaigning throughout virginia criticizing the president for its latest economic plan, proposing a new cabinet position. secretary of business. >> came up with an idea last night which is to create the department of business. i don't think adding a new chair in his cabinet will help add millions of jobs on main street. rich: president obama says the position would streamline the federal government for businesses. in wisconsin the president is arguing his administration has made progress and a vote for governor romney is a vote for president george w. bush's policies. >> governor romney has been using all his talents as a salesman to dress up these very same policies that failed our country so badly. the very same policies we have been cleaning up a
in the wake of superstorm sandy. look at this. it is what a return to normal looks like post-sandy this morning in new york and new jersey. massive gridlock. thousands upon thousands lining up, waiting for public transportation in certain spots. this new video taken within the last hour in brooklyn. all of these people hoping to board a bus to get into manhattan. on the highways into the city, police check points and hov restrictions in place. look at that line of cars. only cars with three people or more are allowed to cross bridges and tunnels on to the island. they just made an exception to that rule saying that black cars and taxis are exempt. however, these lines are stretching for miles upon miles. meanwhile, more staggering news on the terrible toll of this storm. more than 80 people now confirmed dead. damage estimates topping $60 billion and climbing. 5.6 million people remain without electricity. the national guard has been called into communities like hoboken, new jersey, where tens of thousands are reported stranded by still high flood waters. president obama will
held without bond pending a hearing tomorrow. >>> and now, the latest on superstorm sandy. things slowly getting back to normal here in new york city. the subway system partially reopened today on north of 34th streets and tunnels are still flooded. to ease congestion on the streets, police are only allowing vehicles into the city that have at least three people in them. >>> air traffic, meantime s completely restored in new york and all of the major airports are open. laguardia reopened on a limited schedule. kennedy and newark liberty he reopened. as a precaution, airline officials urged customers to confirm any flight in or out of the city n. new jersey, lines to the gas pump, again, hundreds of cars deep. some people waited more than an hour to fill up. sandy left many gas stations short on fuel and out of power. now, fuel trucks are finding it difficult to get around and replenish the gas stations. in hoboken, for example, there are still some 20,000 people trapped by flood waters. he's the latest. >> reporter: this is the scene today in hoboken, new jersey. what a difference
a singular focus on what they call doing his job focusing on the superstorm sandy with his officials here in a face-to-face way. and now he can go on the campaign trail. and they say he will continue these ongoing updates on the road. you know, presidents always say they take the job with them, they can do it anywhere. but symbolically very important for a president to be at the white house during a crisis. and that's why they rushed him back here during sandy. one of the messages, wolf, that he's been conveying to these people he meets at the shelter is that the u.s. government, his administration, will be with them for the long haul. they're not just here to visit but that they will do what it takes for the long haul. that's the message he keeps conveying. and i should say also praising his fema director who has also gotten some praise from governor christie as well, wolf. >> governor christie has been very fusive in his phrase. as they head toward the microphones let's take a quick, quick break. on the other side we'll hear from the president. [ woman ] it's 32 minutes to go time, and
and there is no power south of 34th street. the financial district the stock exchange did reopen today. superstorm sandy has crippled that system. there is catastrophic damage to underground tracks and equipment. the mta says it is too early to tell whether full service will return and be fixed. millions of commuters use the system every day. commuters relied on buses, cars and cabs if you were lucky enough to find them. there was gridlock as bad as we have ever seen. look at a live shot of columbus circle south of central park on the west side. central park still remained closed. it has been like this all day. one of the reasons is that crane is still dangling over 57th street and that is creating the massive traffic jam around the circle. jason joins me from the queensboro bridge. i talked to you earlier today and most people have given up trying to get a vehicle they were walking. >> oh, yeah, it has been a frustrating day for thousands of commuters making their way across the bridge. you can look through the traffic people still making their way at this hour even at 8:00. it is the only way for a lo
: right now brand new stories and breaking news this hour including superstorm sandy leaving behind a path of destruction. so many people in harm's way, surrounded by water, with no power, no phones, dwindling food. the latest on the rescue and the road to recovery. >>> only five days to go until election day as bill and martha were talking about. brand new polling what americans think about the rice right now. >>> brand new information on the deadly terror attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. what the administration knew weeks in advance. it is all "happening now." jon: good morning to you right now on this thursday as we get some ominous news. more than 70 people are dead now in the aftermath of one the worst storms in recent history. from the east coast really to the great lakes, americans are struggling to try to get back to normal life but the trauma and damage from superstorm sandy will linger for a long time to come. good morning i'm john scott. jenna: everything is secondary to the families that lost so much. jon: there is so much misery out there. jenna: i'm glad you're with
to be a superstorm? take a look at sandy's punch. >> reporter: sandy's effects blasted new york city causing destruction never seen before in america's largest city. over four feet of water flooded central subway system and the holland and brooklyn battery tunnels unprecedented events caused backup generators to fail. where hundreds of patients, including infantses from the neonatal intensive care unit had to be evacuated. it's almost 10:30 and the water, it's still high. smells like fuel oil. apparently 13 additional feet of water came into this area. and we're still fighting tropical--force wind gusts. reportedly 100-mile-an-hour wind gusts on the bridges. and the city itself, nearly 70-mile-an-hour wind gusts. the entire facade of this entire building collapsed. >> oh, my gosh. there's no walls. >> reporter: and here's a sight that brings fear to even the most jaded new yorker. a construction crane collapsing atop a high-rise under construction. dangling above 57th street. more than 200 firefighters battled through the night. a six-alarm fire in the breezy section of queens that involved
. but sandy came onshore with everything a superstorm was expected to. that incredible surge, record-setting, 14 feet of additional water in new york harbor. here's where the storm is right now. it's not just a coastal stm. and it's not just a new york storm. look at that area of low pressure. that's what's left of sandy. it's rain along the coastline and snow inland. we'll see tropical storm-forced winds at least in every area you're seeing the rain and snow. sandy, affecting one-third of the country. sandy's effects, causing destruction never seen before in america's largest city. a high tide of 14 feet at the battery, 4 feet higher than the previous record, brought water rushing over battery park in manhattan. four feet of water battered the tunnels and the site of the world trade center. >> what's your biggest concern right now? >> where it stops and when it stops. and what damage it's doing. >> reporter: unprecedented flooding caused backup generators to fail at several hospitals, like nyu medical center, where hundreds of patients, including infants from the neonatal intensive
.m. in the east. we begin with the latest on the aftermath of the superstorm hurricane ire hurricane sandy. most buses are up and running again and they are free of charge. but most of lower manhattan still has no power and temperatures are dipping into the 30s and 40s. >> and there are no heartbreaking picture as long the jersey shore barrier islands. houses picked up, some just buried in the sand and governor chris christie who toured the destruction with president obama said some parts of the shore may never look the same again. >> the death toll reached 124 people with 56 in the united states. at least 28 in new york. and close to 5 million customers are still waiting for the power to come back on. >> cnn has the entire disaster zone covered this morning. our correspondents spanned out across lower manhattan and all up and down the jersey shore. >> first, the economic capital of our country is slowly getting back to normal this morning even while facing extreme damage. power outages and people having to walk for hours just to get to work. meantime, another hospital lost generator power in lo
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